2022 Family-Friendly Christmas Eve Services in the DC Area


This post was written and updated by several moms in the DC area.

One of my favorite childhood memories is attending Christmas Eve services with my grandparents. We didn’t start this tradition until I was in late elementary. I don’t want to wait that long to start this tradition with my children, so I found some family-friendly Christmas Eve services in the DC area. Please comment below if you know of one we do not have listed. Happy Holidays and enjoy the season and activities with family and friends!

Friday, December 24, 2022

Washington, DC Christmas Eve Services

Luther Place Memorial Church
1226 Vermont Ave., NW
5:00 pm in-person & online, 9:00 pm in-person

National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW
10:00 pm passes are required and are sold out.
*they have a family service Thursday, Dec. 23, at 11 am, which requires passes and is sold out.

National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave., NW
5:00 pm family mass in-person & online, 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm traditional in-person & online

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE
4:30 pm in-person and 10:30 pm in-person and online

National United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Ave., NW
4:00 pm family mass and 8:00 pm traditional


Christmas Eve Services

Maryland Christmas Eve Services

North Bethesda United Methodist Church
10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda
5:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda
4:00 pm family mass and 8:00 pm traditional

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
11900 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg
4:00 pm family mass in-person and online and 7:00 pm traditional in-person and online

Covenant United Methodist Church
20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Gaithersburg
7:00 pm

Evangelical Lutheran Church
31 E Church Street, Frederick
1:00 pm traditional, 4:00 pm children’s, 7:00 pm contemporary, 10:00 pm traditional

Journey’s Crossing
12900 Cloverleaf Center Drive, Germantown
2:30, 4:00, 5:00 and 7:00 pm, *ASL interpretation offered at all services

Virginia Christmas Eve Services

Trinity United Methodist Church
2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria
4:00 pm

Cherry Dale Baptist Church
3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington
6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church
5952 Franconia Road, Alexandria
5:30 pm family mass and 7:00 pm traditional

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
228 South Pitt Street, Alexandria
2:00 and 4:00 pm family mass, 6:00 and 10:00 pm traditional

First Baptist Church of Alexandria
2932 King Street, Alexandria
4:00 pm in-person & online and 5:30 pm in-person

Lewinsville Presbyterian Church
1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
4:30 pm family mass, 7:00 and 9:30 pm traditional

Grace Hill Church
901 Locust Street, Herndon
4:00 pm family mass

Christmas Eve Services


  1. Another kid-friendly Catholic option:

    Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
    3630 Quesada St NW
    4pm (Children’s Liturgy)

  2. Don’t forget St. Paul’s K Street! 4:30 Sung Mass, very kid friendly. Last year kids led the procession and placed the figures into the crèche. It was precious.

    We’ll be having a cookie reception after, too, so bring your sweet tooth!

    2430 K Street NW, in Foggy Bottom.

  3. The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring (New Hampshire Ave) has a special Christmas Carol and Contemporary Praise Service with Children’s Message at 6pm, in addition to the other Child-Friendly services at 2pm and 4pm.

  4. Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington
    has a 3pm service geared for children and families. During the ‘candlelight’ portion, we will have glow sticks available for children. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the Nativity story! Nursery is available for children up to age 3. This service is also streamed live on the YouTube channel.

    There are also services at 5 & 8pm.

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